NFL Monday Night Football Predictions Philadelphia At Chicago
The Chicago Bears will look to keep Philadelphia Eagles rookie Carson Wentz from looking like the second coming of Johnny Unitas when they host the Birds in an intriguing Week 2 NFC clash. Now. Let’s find out which team is offering the best value in this matchup.
Analyzing The NFL Monday Night Football Predictions Eagles At Bears
Philadelphia at Chicago -3.5
When: 8:30 PM ET, Monday, September 19, 2016
Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NFL Odds: Chicago -3 / Total: 42.5
Bet The Philadelphia Eagles at +3 Because…
The Birds are feeling good about themselves! Carson Wentz looked nothing like a rookie in lighting up the lowly Cleveland Browns for 278 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns in Philly’s commanding 29-10 Week 1 win.
Wentz was expected to open the season as the third-stringer in Philadelphia Eagles, but was thrust into the starting lineup when the Birds traded former starter Sam Bradford to Minnesota. “It looks like Philadelphia’s going to be very well rewarded for the risk they took on draft day, giving up a lot of stuff to get this guy,” Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said of Wentz. “The guy’s very impressive.”
Bet The Chicago Bears at -3 Because…
John Fox will get Wentz out of his comfort zone – and the Bears are already semi-desperate! Chicago looked mediocre at best by failing to score in the second half of their 23-14 Week 1 loss at Houston. To make matters worse, the Bears went 1-7 at home a year ago en route to their dismal 5-11 finish.
Veteran quarterback Jay Cutler tossed one pick and was sacked five times while being pressured repeatedly in the loss despite throwing for 216 yards with one touchdown. The Bears’ defense, which ranked in the bottom third of the league against the rush (120.9 yards per game) last season, allowed Houston to control the ball for more than 36 minutes.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I’m not real high in Chicago (who is…duh?) I do love Chicago head coach John Fox and I believe he will throw some wrinkles into his defense that will confuse Philly’s Carson Wentz while allowing the Bears to escape with the super narrow home win and ATS cover.
The Eagles are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games in the month of September, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against their NFC counterparts and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 2. Conversely, Chicago has compiled an impressive 4-1 ATS mark in their last five Monday Night Football matchups.
My Pick: Chicago 28 Philadelphia 24